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As the ambassador of cycling in my work area (Dallas, TX) people feel the need to relay any and all interactions with those on two wheels. I got 4...FOUR reports of a pack of 8 or so cyclists (reports ranged from 4 to 8) being escorted by two motorcycle cops and a caravan with two RVs and a car with flashing lights behind this.

All this on I-75 in rushhour traffic no less.

Is there some big event going on to raise money or something.

Anybody? .
 

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Kerry wasn't there. The Gov. of Texas heard he might go on the group ride and he wanted to play it safe just in case he showed up.

Lance, Eddie, Boonen, Sheryl, and Madonna all showed up because they wanted to catch Kerry's wheel during the ride.
 

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With high gas prices, it's too expensive to transport prisoners by bus.
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9.11 riders, next FRI/SAT SW.PA

I plan to ride with them next weekend from Greensburg, PA over to Somerset, PA and then a loop down to Shanksville, PA.

I again invite any Western PA riders to join us!!
 

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From the Dallas-Ft. Worth CBS affiliate: http://cbs11tv.com/topstories/local_story_104170925.html (video included)

Cross Country Bike Ride Honors 9/11 Victims

A coast-to-coast bicycle ride honoring victims of 9/11 traveled through North Texas on Friday.

This journey is the creation of Tom Heidenberger, an American Airlines pilot who lost his wife in the plane crash at the Pentagon. His drive is born out of frustration with, what he calls, the slow pace of building 9/11 memorials.

The bikers started this symbolic cross country trip in Los Angeles.

Heidenberger is carrying a photo of his late wife, Michelle.

“I miss my wife dearly,” said Heidenberger.

Michelle was a flight attendant, one of 33 crew members who died that day.

“They were the first of the first responders,” said Heidenberger. “The first to be killed by the attackers, and at the same time, they were the leaders in the air. So, why don’t we go ahead through them and fund these three memorials?”

He joined with four friends to raise money for memorials at the Pentagon, the World Trade Center and Shankesville, PA. The memorials have been designed, but are not fully funded.

Organizers of this cross country bicycle ride are collecting donations along the trip. They hope to raise $300,000. So far, they’ve raised more than $53,000.

“Especially on this holiday weekend,” said trip organizer Paul Guttenberg, “when we’re focused on the notion of sacrifice, to realize how necessary that sacrifice is.”

The ride is scheduled to end on May 9 at the Pentagon.
 

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I hope no one takes this as me demeaning what they are doing, but..

I never understood this type of thing when no one knows what the heck you are doing. The big charity rides I get. Everyone pretty much figures out what is up, even if they didn't know before hand. A few guys blocking traffic? Only seems to make people mad.

I guess what I am saying is good for them for what they are doing, but maybe consider how they are going about it.

Then again, I may just be wrong.
 

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Yeah, you missed the target a little

The ride is not just a ride to raise money for a 9.11 memorial where they ride and collect money along the way. That IS part of it. The other part is the organized rides that they do along the way, 3 of them. I plan on doing the Shanksville, PA ride next weekend. Other points: 33 days for the 33 crew members that perished that day, each day is a designated for a person. The movie, Flight 93 (Shanksville) is released the day they arrive in that area. Around the major cities, they have police escorts, etc. You can read up on the ride by visiting www.airlineride.org
 
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